While American civilians should be grateful to our servicemen and servicewomen every day, Veterans Day is a national holiday for us to come together as a country and honor those who have served in the military. Houston, while not home to a large military base, is home to many brave veterans. Honor your neighbors who have served by attending one of these Veterans Day events in the Houston area.

Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration
Hermann Square
900 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 393-0868

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.

The official celebration of the City of Houston, this will honor all veterans who live or work in the greater Houston metro area. Mayor Annise Parker and other city officials will show their support for all branches of America’s armed forces and honor Houstonian servicemen and women. The celebration will occur on the steps of City Hall, and free parking is available starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Tranquility Garage for this event. The celebration will end with a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to commemorate the signing of the peace treaty on Armistice Day during WWI. During the celebration, there will be a Veterans Job Fair for veterans who are looking for jobs to connect with employers and a Veterans Health Fair for veterans to receive immunizations and basic health services.

American Heroes Parade
Downtown Houston
901 Bagby
Houston, Texas 77002
(832) 393-0868

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 12 p.m.

After the city’s official celebration at 10 a.m., there will be a parade held in downtown Houston. The parade will feature local groups, schools, marching bands and more. Patriotic floats will help honor veterans and will feature local businesses and organizations. Families are encouraged to line the parade route and cheer for its participants.

Rice University Veterans Day Celebration
Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-0000

Date: Nov. 11, 2013

Held in an exterior courtyard of the campus student center, this celebration honors the veterans employed by and attending Rice University. It also will feature members of the university’s naval ROTC program. The event is open to the public and will include guest speakers and the Rice Symphonic Band playing patriotic tunes. Members of the military and veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

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Operation 11-11
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 259-8000

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Sponsored by the Houston Astros and the Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, this event will honor all veterans and show the inspirational documentary “Honor Flight: One Last Mission” in Minute Maid Park. The film chronicles many Midwest veterans of World War II and their trips to see the WWII memorial in Washington, DC for the first time. Many of the veterans featured will have this flight to the memorial in their honor be their last out-of-state trip, as they are nearing the end of their life. This film is inspirational to all who see it – bring a veteran friend and help honor those who have fought in all conflicts.

Rotary Club Veterans Day Program
Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-4191

Date: Nov. 7, 2013 at 12 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Houston will have its annual Veterans Day program at the Junior League of Houston. A guest speaker with a connection to veterans will provide the keynote address during lunch. Networking opportunities will occur before and after the meeting. Both Rotary Club members and non-members will be allowed to register for the event; there is a discount for members.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.